Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey

Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey is the first Polynesian explorer and the first female Fellow of the National Geographic Society.[1][2]

Elizabeth Lindsey
Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey

OccupationExplorer, anthropologist
Years active1994–present
John W. A. "Doc" Buyers
(m. 1999; died 2006)

George David Crowley, III (m. 2018)

Her work recognizes Pius "Mau" Piailug (Mau Piailug) of Micronesia, her mentor with whom she studied ethnonavigation.[3] It also includes the documentation of Moken, a tribe of Southeast Asian sea nomads, New Zealand's Māori elders, Q'ero priests of Peru, and qi kung masters in China's temple caves.[4]

Lindsey directed and produced Then There Were None, a 1996 documentary film that chronicles the plight of native Hawaiians.[5][6][7] It received the CINE Golden Eagle Award.[8] Lindsey is an award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist.[9][10][11] She works to 'preserve and spread' the knowledge and traditions of indigenous community.[12]  

Lindsey is a co-founder of HairPrint Technology.[13]

Awards and recognition

Personal life

Lindsey was married to John W. A. "Doc" Buyers, former chairman and chief executive officer of C. Brewer & Co., from 1999 until his death in 2006.[15][16]

Lindsey married George D. Crowley, III in 2018.[17]


  1. "Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey". National Geographic Society. Retrieved June 12, 2019 via www.nationalgeographic.org.
  2. "World Peace Day: Spotlight on Dr. Elizabeth". ISHA Foundation. August 19, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2019 via www.ishafoundation.org.
  3. Jaynes, Bill (March 7, 2007). "World Famous Anthropologist Visits Pohnpei". The Kaselehlie Press. Retrieved June 12, 2019 via www.fm.
  4. "Elizabeth Lindsey | Speakers Bureau and Booking Agent Info". www.allamericanspeakers.com. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  5. "Native American Film + Video Festival 1997" (PDF). National Museum of the American Indian. Smithsonian Institution. 1997. Retrieved June 12, 2019 via americanindian.si.edu.
  6. "Then There Were None". National Museum of the American Indian. Smithsonian Institution. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018 via filmcatalog.nmai.si.edu.
  7. "Then There Were None". Pacific Islanders in Communication. Retrieved June 12, 2019 via www.piccom.org.
  8. "CINE Golden Eagle Film & Video Competition 1996 Winner Directory" (PDF). cine.org. CINE. January 5, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2014.
  9. "Scientific Discovery Reverses Gray Hair To Its Natural Color - Invented By The Warner Babcock Institute". Warner Babcock Institute. April 3, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  10. Understanding, Temple of (August 28, 2011). "Global Interfaith Conference on Sustainable Development Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey". The Temple of Understanding. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  11. "2011 YPO Global Leadership Summit: Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey". YPO. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  12. Lindsey, Elizabeth. "Elizabeth Lindsey | Speaker | TED". www.ted.com. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  13. "Scientific Discovery Reverses Gray Hair To Its Natural Color -- Invented By The Warner Babcock Institute". PR Newswire (Press release). Wilmington, Massachusetts and Sausalito, California. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  14. "About". elizabethlindsey.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011.
  15. Donnelly, Dave (August 4, 1999). "Hawaii". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  16. "C. Brewer Chief Saw Beyond Sugar: He spearheaded the move toward diversified agriculture". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. May 21, 2006.
  17. Mallozzi, Vincent M. (November 10, 2018). "An Impossible Dream Come True". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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